John Wedgwood Clarke is a poet, prose non-fiction writer and academic. He was born in Penzance and raised in St Ives, Cornwall. He trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before going on to study literature and complete a PhD in ‘Objectivist’ poetry at the University of York. He is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.
His first collection Ghost Pot was described by Bernard O'Donoghue as a 'masterpiece that rewards continual rereading'. Clarke's poetry often grows out of collaboration with scientists and other artists, and is displayed in art galleries, museums and in the landscape. He has directed major research projects and commissions, including most recently Red River: Listening to a Polluted River, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
His credits as television presenter and researcher for BBC 4 include Through the Lens of Larkin (2017) and Cornwall's Red River (2021).